Sikh PM has done nothing for Sikhs, Punjab: Dhindsa

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New Delhi, July 21 (UNI) The Akali Dal today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, despite being a Sikh, had done nothing for the community nor for Punjab during his past four-year rule.

''People are saying that we will vote for the Confidence Motion.

But why should we? What has the Prime Minister done for the Sikh community or Punjab?'' Akali Dal leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said, opposing the Confidence Motion in the Lok Sabha.

He said Punjab, which produced 60 per cent of the country's foodgrains, had received little in return during the past more than four years.

The prices of wheat and rice had not been fixed scientifically, Punjab had not been given the same consessions as those granted to the hilly states, historical gurdwaras had not been brought under the Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee or the All India Act, and the blacklist of Sikh living abroad had not been scrapped, he said.

Mr Dhindsa said the Sikhs had distributed sweets when Dr Singh became Prime Minister, but he did nothing for them and their State.

''We are against the UPA Government as it has failed on all fronts.... The Government should go,'' he said.


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